Can bad habits cause cancer?
(WXYZ) – Research indicates as many as 40 percent of cancer cases, and half of cancer deaths comes down to things people could easily change.
A team at Harvard Medical School analyzed data from a long-term study of roughly 140,000 health professionals. They split them into two groups: one group living a healthy lifestyle and the second group had everyone else. When comparing these two groups, researchers found 20 – 40 percent of cancer cases, and half of cancer deaths could be prevented if people quit smoking, avoided heavy drinking, kept a healthy weight and got just a half hour a day of moderate exercise.
There’s an estimate of 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses and 600,000 cancer deaths predicted for this year.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US.
This study shows a healthy lifestyle can have a huge impact on your health. So here are my prescriptions based on what the healthy group in this study did:
Partha’s RX for Reducing Cancer Risks
1. Don’t Smoke
Smoking causes 80 – 90 percent of lung cancer deaths. I’ve said this again and again so please don’t smoke. And encourage family and loved ones to not start this habit or to quit.
2. Drink Moderately
Heavy drinking can raise colon, breast, liver, head, and neck cancer rates. So stick to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
3. Maintain a Body Mass Index between 18.5 and 27.5
If you don’t know your BMI, there are many online sites where you can enter your information and find out. It’s important to know because obesity raises the risk of esophageal, colon, pancreatic and other cancers.
All you need are two and a half hours a week of moderate exercise. Click here to learn how aerobic exercise is the closest miracle drug we have for body, brain and gut health.
Most cancers are preventable
Only 5-10% of all cancers are due to genetic defects. That makes 90-95% of cancers due to environment and our lifestyle habits.
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